Pre-event publicity and the increased numbers of students cycling is likely to make the cycling environment safer because motorists will need to take greater care. We have and will continue to work with the local authorities (councils and the police) on making improvements to local infrastructure. For this year's event we have to work with what we have, however. Below is information you may find useful - both background to safety issues and specific tips to make your journey to school more enjoyable.
As the natural instinct of a parent is to protect, many young children are now being driven to school to keep them safe. This is often convenient for parents with busy lives and is sometimes their only option. However, it can cause havoc around schools when a high number of cars arrive at the same time, ironically putting children and other pedestrians at more risk. This report suggests
that there is a growing generation of "backseat children" in the UK who are - in the long-run - being put in more danger than they are being protected from.
Sustrans have produced some information for parents and schools on Staying Safe on the School Journey
The first thing you should do is to think about your route. Though some roads between home and school may seem too busy or too fast, there may be an alternative route that is more suitable. You may want to ride routes yourself prior to Bike Week and suggest a preferred option to your child.
When route planning you may find Stroud Valley's Cycle Campaign's recently produced Cycle Map
useful. It colour-codes roads according to their 'cycle-ability' - assessed according to traffic levels and gradient.
Sustrans provide an online map which shows National Cycle Network
and other traffic-free routes.